How would you describe Kleif Farm in a nutshell?
Kleif Farm is a hideaway that’s immersed in nature while still being close to the city of Reykjavik. Kleif means “the mountain pass”, with the property surrounded by rugged peaks and hills.
What was the inspiration and story behind Kleif Farm?
The farm belongs to my parents, so I was born and raised here before moving to Reykjavik. We still have our summerhouse on the property and when my parents quit using the main farmhouse a couple of years ago, we decided to create a project on the side. It was partly so we could stay there as much as possible and partly so we could meet travellers from around the world and introduce them to an authentic side of Iceland.
The old farmhouse was completely rebuilt with the help of architects and we tried to use natural materials, such as wood and terracotta as much as possible. We wanted to keep the interior design simple, with a really warm and cosy aesthetic. All of the spaces have been tastefully decorated in a modern, yet rustic style that reflects Icelandic traditions.
How would you describe the atmosphere at Kleif Farm?
It’s a place where you can come to breathe the fresh air and soak up the mountain views. There’s a huge, panoramic window in the open-plan living area that looks out across the valley, so it’s like being out in nature while having a luxurious base to relax.
To you personally, what is so special about the farmhouse?
It provides an opportunity for family and friends to connect in a place that’s surrounded by nature — the farmland with its mountains, horses and sheep are right outside your front door. It’s a beautiful hideaway to escape and relax in while still being very close to many of Iceland’s popular tourist destinations.
Is Kleif Farm suitable for children?
Yes, it’s perfect for children and there are no immediate dangers around.